Tiffany Du Mouchelle     Photo:  Jim Carmody

Tiffany Du Mouchelle     Photo:  Jim Carmody

Sino alla morte

Wednesday, May 7, 2014     7:00 p.m      CPMC Experimental Theater   UC San Diego

with additional performances May 9 and May 10, 2014  7:00 p.m.

Steven Lewis,  Guest Conductor    Susan Narucki, Director

kallisti    Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Bonnie Lander, Sara Perez, Tina Tallon, Alice Teyssier and Kirsten Wiest, sopranos

Sino alla morte , kallisti's fifth chamber opera  will be presented at the Experimental Theater of the Conrad Prebys Music Center on the UC San Diego campus. on  May 7, 9 and 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.   (See the San Diego U-T Preview Article, U-T Review of Opening Night,  and review by Arts Writer Charlene Baldridge.

A "constructed opera" the hour-long fully staged production juxtaposes music by two Italian composers: Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) and Salvatore Sciarrino (1947-).  Although separated by hundreds of years, each has written vocal music of profound expressivity and intense beauty.  

Sciarrino's rarely performed vocal sextet "Le donne di Trachis" (1980) is the cornerstone of the evening.  Written for unaccompanied female voices, it draws inspiration from Sophocles' tragic The Women of Trachis.  

The central mystery of The Women of Trachis lies with Deianeira, the wife of Heracles.   Abandoned by her unfaithful husband, she turns to sorcery in desperation, presenting him with a robe whose lining is dyed with a potion that she believes will rekindle his love.  But Deianeria is deceived.  The robe brings only destruction, and leaves her with a doubly inflicted pain, that of her husband's infidelity coupled with his death, an unintended consequence of her anguish.

Alice Teyssier    Photo: Jim Carmody

Alice Teyssier    Photo: Jim Carmody

The music of Barbara Strozzi, which precedes and follows is drawn from two distinct periods in the composer's output.    The early works (drawn from Op.1 and Op. 3) are full of light and virtuosity; written for one to three solo voices, they extol the joys of love, youth and beauty. In addition, two extraordinary works for solo voice and continuo,  Lagrime and Sino alla morte, drawn from Strozzi's Op. 7, show the composer at the height of her maturity, with a rare combination of virtuosity and pathos that is rare in any age.  Sopranos Tiffany Du Mouchelle and Alice Teyssier will be the soloists in these two remarkable works, accompanied by harpsichord and continuo.

Sino alla morte will delve into the complicated psychology of love and desire through exquisite vocal music of the Baroque and Modern eras.  Join us for an opportunity to hear the human voice in all its power and richness.    

kallisti  draws its singers from the graduate program in Contemporary Music Performance at UC San Diego and distinguished guest artists.  UCSD Professor of Music Susan Narucki directs the production, with guest music director Stephen Lewis.   

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Stephen Lewis (b. 1983) is a composer, pianist, and conductor originally from Western Massachusetts. Stephen has performed contemporary and classical music in solo and ensemble concerts at Miller Theater in New York, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Walt Disney and Zipper Halls in Los Angeles, as well as at smaller venues throughout the United States. He has been commissioned by or written works for UC-San Diego's Palimpsest, the Diagenesis Duo, ensemble et cetera, Downbeat Means Attack, Trio Kobayashi, and a number of individuals. An outstanding collaborative pianist, Stephen is in demand as a professional accompanist and vocal coach. Stephen is currently a PhD candidate in Composition at UC-San Diego, where he studies with Rand Steiger. He also plans on earning his DMA in Contemporary Piano Performance, studying with Aleck Karis. Stephen is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he majored in both Composition and Piano Performance.



Department of Music,   University of California at San Diego